I took almost the entire month of March off. After publishing my book, Rewired, in January and then traveling almost nonstop for two months (I was home for a total of 16 days!), I needed a break.
I thought I would take a dose of my own medicine from Rewired. I would slow down, rest, rejuvenate, and recalibrate. But I quickly learned that I didn't need a whole month off to rewire. Yes, it was great, but wiring for wellness isn't about taking a month, or a week, or even a day off—it’s about making different choices, consistently and with purpose, every day, throughout the day.
The essence of rewiring is making thoughtful choices about how we live our lives, how we are present in our lives, and how, where, and when we use technology in our lives. You don't need a month off, you just need to make different, better choices every day. That’s rewiring.
Here are five simple strategies to rewire every day:
•Disconnect—literally!—from all screens, gadgets, and demands.
•Do so every day, several times a day, for an appreciable amount.
•Activate something different in your brain and body—go for a walk, listen to music, play a game, read a book, etc.
•Do only one thing at a time.
•Practice being present with your work and the people with you.
These are some of the very simple steps to unwiring and then rewiring for success. The consequences are tremendous: greater focus and clarity, greater health and happiness, and greater purpose and productivity. It’s a great way to start the spring.